Empire Toys got the Spider-Man and Hulk Licenses , as did other companies, and decided to get into the action figure accessory market by producing vehicles scaled for the Megos! This Spider-Copter is scaled for the 8" Spider-Man Mego, and yes, they did a Hulk copter, too.
Whatever Batman got, Spider-Man also got... at least so far as toys go, anyway! So, since Batman got a CSF Batcopter, Spidey had to have one, too... never mind that there was no Spider-Copter in the comics, of course!
Remember this stuff? It was a huge craze for a while, but like all crazes, it seemed to die out quickly. You can still find this stuff today, with other licensed characters like Go Diego Go!, Dora the Explorer, and some Disney characters. It's basically soap in a pre-foaming form, and why anyone thought it was cool to have Spidey vomit soap on you during bathime is beyond me (and I say that while remembering I wanted this stuff when I was a kid)... then again, anything Spidey that relates to bathing seems to have issues that weren't thought of back then...
OK, major points to this manufacturer for using a Ditko Spidey on the card art. However, those points are all lost by misspelling "Colossal" on the card, and it goes into the negatives when you consider how inappropriate a Spider-Man guy toy and handcuffs is... It's another example of something getting a Spidey sticker slapped on it, regardless of whether it makes sense!
Cool idea here, if you ask me... it just needed more of a variety! Again, just looking at the box, these were two-piece mugs that you could insert a pre-printed picture into, which you'd first color in! I think that if they had included, say, 10 different pre-printed coloring pictures, these might've done a bit better... but I could well be wrong! For all I know, this had distribution problems that doomed the thing!
Ah, here's a better photo of the thing! There's an advantage of working on this blog so far ahead of time! I can also see on this that there were 6 interchangeable coloring inserts, so apparently my thoughts on how it could've been more successful are just a complete load of hogwash, eh? Oh, well...
These two items are kind of similar in some ways... and very different in others! You're probably familiar with what Colorforms are, so I'll focus on the Rub 'n Play set... The Rub 'n Play set appears to be like temporary tattoos combined with sticker books, in that you'd rub the images onto the cardboard sheets, which were either perforated (I hope not, for the kids' sake) or not, and you'd cut them out to play with.
At least, that's what I can glean from the box, anyway!
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